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Bolton Wanderers 2-2 Bournemouth

Chung-Yong Lee scores for Bolton

Bournemouth fought back from two-goals down to draw with Championship strugglers Bolton at the Reebok Stadium.

Lee Chung-yong fired into the roof of the net to give the home side the lead, before Lukas Jutkiewicz made it 2-0 with a half-volley.

Lewis Grabban halved the deficit soon after Jutkiewicz's goal with a long-range strike.

The Cherries then secured a deserved point in the second half when Simon Francis headed in.

It was another disappointing result for Bolton boss Dougie Freedman, and the final whistle was greeted with boos by the home fans.

The Trotters are now without a win in seven league games and are 19th in the table, five points above the relegation zone.

For much of the first half, Bolton had been control and when Lee smashed in from Mark Davies's pass, it was a lead they deserved.

It got even better when a hopeful long ball by Alex Baptiste was controlled by Jutkiewicz and the on-loan Middlesbrough striker's sweetly struck half-volley flew into the net.

The two-goal advantage was short lived as Grabban rifled home with a 30-yard strike and Bournemouth almost equalised early in the second half, but Steve Cook's header went just wide.

However, the visitors were level just after the hour mark when Francis headed beyond Adam Bogdan from Ian Harte's corner.

The away side finished the game strongly and were unlucky not to take all three points as Yann Kermorgant's clever heel flick forced a good save out of Bogdan, who then denied Tokelo Rantie one-on-one.

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman:

"I think there are long-term scars at the football club with certain players here and I think we need to try and shake them off and move on.

"We need stronger characters. It's a setback but it's not the end of the world.

"I picked a very attacking team and I thought in the first 35 minutes we were value for money and two-nil up.

"But when any setback comes our way it affects us big style and that's what happened today."

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe:

"I felt we deserved to win. I was disappointed that we didn't take all three points.

"It's mixed emotions for me because when you're 2-0 down you're delighted to come back and get anything. But for the majority of the game I think we passed the ball better than Bolton, dominated possession and had more chances so it was a strange game.

"We took a couple of heavy beatings early on in the season and didn't respond well to chasing games.

"I think that we've learnt from that. I think we are a better side now and we showed good maturity today not to panic and try and chase the game early."

Line-ups

Bolton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Bogdan
  • 15Baptiste
  • 5ReamBooked at 75mins
  • 16DaviesSubstituted forKamaraat 58'minutes
  • 4Mills
  • 12Knight
  • 17TrotterSubstituted forMoritzat 72'minutes
  • 6Spearing
  • 29Jutkiewicz
  • 7EaglesSubstituted forDannsat 83'minutes
  • 27Lee

Substitutes

  • 11Hall
  • 14Moritz
  • 18Danns
  • 21Pratley
  • 24Lonergan
  • 33White
  • 44Kamara

Bournemouth

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 42Camp
  • 2FrancisBooked at 81mins
  • 14Harte
  • 8Arter
  • 5Elphick
  • 3S Cook
  • 30Ritchie
  • 32O'Kane
  • 9GrabbanSubstituted forMacDonaldat 90+4'minutes
  • 4SurmanSubstituted forRantieat 66'minutes
  • 7PughSubstituted forKermorgantat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Allsop
  • 10Pitman
  • 15A Smith
  • 16MacDonald
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 20Fraser
  • 28Rantie
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
14,336

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamBournemouth
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home14
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away10
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 2, Bournemouth 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 2, Bournemouth 2.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Bournemouth. Steve Cook tries a through ball, but Tokelo Rantie is caught offside.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Shaun MacDonald replaces Lewis Grabban.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Tommy Elphick.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. André Moritz (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Neil Danns.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Simon Francis.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Matthew Mills with a headed pass following a corner.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Tommy Elphick.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jay Spearing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Harry Arter (Bournemouth).

  12. Post update

    Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Tokelo Rantie (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Mills (Bolton Wanderers).

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alex Baptiste (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Medo with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth).

  17. Post update

    Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by André Moritz.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Neil Danns replaces Chris Eagles.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester30214554302467
2Burnley291511345242156
3QPR28168436201656
4Derby29157757401752
5Nottm Forest291312447301751
6Reading30138947351247
7Ipswich30111184334944
8Brighton29111083125643
9Blackburn30111093735243
10Leeds29126114338542
11Wigan28117103028240
12Middlesbrough3091294135639
13Huddersfield29107123838037
14Watford2881194237535
15Bournemouth2998123649-1335
16Blackpool30810122842-1434
17Sheff Wed2871293634233
18Birmingham2989123637-133
19Bolton29611123447-1329
20Doncaster3078152645-1929
21Millwall2968152957-2826
22Charlton2859142338-1524
23Barnsley28410142747-2022
24Yeovil2855182546-2120
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